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Overview

Introduction to Macon, Missouri

Macon, Missouri, in Macon county, is located 55 miles N of Columbia, Missouri (center to center) and is 121 miles E of Kansas City, Missouri.

Macon History

Macon was first settled in 1852 by James T. Haley. Prior to that immigrants from Virginia and Kentucky ventured the area in 1829. Macon was platted in 1856. The city was named after a Revolutionary War veteran called Nathaniel Macon. It became the county seat of Macon County in 1863. Previously, Bloomington was the county seat. The city was originally served by the Hannibal and St. Joseph Line and Northwest Railroad.

Macon and nearby Attractions

  • Long Branch State Park
  • Thomas Hill Lake
  • Walt Disney Hometown Museum
  • Pershing - The Boyhood Home of Gen. John J.
  • Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site
  • Still National Osteopathic Museum

Things To Do In Macon

One can visit the Stephens Park, while staying in Macon. The Still Hildreth Lake and Macon Lake offer facilities for boating and fishing. It is worth taking a look around the Crossroads Church. The Long Branch State Park offers amenities for several different types of recreational opportunities. The city also provides easy access to Adair County Historical Society Museum, Walt Disney Hometown Museum, and Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site. Apart from these, the city hosts the Macon County Town and County Fair every year in the month of July.

Macon Transportation

Kirksville Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Macon Higher Education

Potential students can pursue higher education through Truman State University, Columbia College, and University of Missouri - Columbia.

People

Total Population 5,468
Male Share of the Population 43.8%
Female Share of the Population 56.2%
Senior Citizens 21.4%
Employed Population 16+ 2,204
Age of the Population 41

Families

% of people married 49.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $51,700
% Above Poverty Level 79.9%
% Below Poverty Level 20.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 39.4%
Median Gross Rent $414
Median House Value $86,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 17.9%
US/American 0%
English 8.5%
Irish 7.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Macon Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 55 miles N of Columbia, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City 121 miles E of Kansas City, Missouri
County Macon
Standard Zip Codes 63552
Phone Area Codes 660
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.742
Longitude -92.472

Macon Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LONG BRANCH RESERVOIR
Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 34 F
Apr Temp 39 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 90 F
Oct Temp 40 to 68 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches
Station SHELBINA
Distance 22.7 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 34 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches
Station BROOKFIELD
Distance 31.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atlanta 512 $39,821
Bevier 642 $45,625
Callao 436 $30,417
Clarence 918 $43,958
Jacksonville 159 $43,542

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Macon Public Libraries

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Macon Public Library
210 N. RUTHERFORD
Macon, Missouri
(660) 385-3314
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Macon High Schools

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MACON SR. HIGH
702 N MISSOURI
660-385-5748
Serves 425 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

FAMILY LITERACY CTR.
204 CRESCENT
660-385-2061
A Non-traditional School

MACON AREA VOC. SCH.
702 N MISSOURI
660-385-2158
A Vocational School

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